Supreme Court to hear media's case over Austin Sigg hearing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Supreme Court will consider arguments in the media's request for access to a key hearing for a teen accused of killing a 10-year-old girl and attacking a jogger.

The court Thursday granted the media's request to argue for access to the Feb. 22 preliminary hearing for 18-year-old Austin Sigg.

Judge Stephen Munsinger says he closed hearing in order to ensure a fair trial and protect the privacy of the victims and their families. Prosecutors and media organizations including The Associated Press, argue that Munsinger issued his ruling without hearing evidence or considering alternatives to preventing the public from attending a court hearing.

Sigg is accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway of Westminster in October and of attacking a jogger in Jessica's neighborhood in May.

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